When we look into the world, there is no doubt we can find countless churches doted across the planet, and as it stands there are a number of people in the world who would identify with the Christian faith, but if we were to sit and talk for a moment concerning certain topics found in the bible, we will quickly discover not many identifying as Christian can command and explain some of the difficult things within the pages of the bible.
But is it because they do not posses a university degree, or are finding it hard to understand their faith and what they believe, or is it because faith is blind? To answer the latter question, faith is not blind, the bible said we are to prove the word of God, and secondly, it is not because we do not posses a university degree because it is not needed for us to understand what is written on pages of the bible.
So, how can we understand what is written on the pages of the bible, and why are so many Christians not able to explain what they read on the pages of the bible. Firstly, for us to understand the bible, we first need to become a friend of God like Abraham did, and when we become a friend of God, God will as a friend in turn reveal what is in his heart, and it then the understanding of the word of God will become clear.
Secondly, we need to understand the bible and what we read on its pages are not in the category of religion because the stories we read are based on real events written down by real people. These are not stories and information passed down for us to create a religion, they are stories of what took place in the pass, and information concerning the things that will be in the future. And if God’s people and those wanting the truth are going to ever know the truth of the bible there are four things and tips we need to abide by if we are going to understand the bible.
Let me use the example of Genesis to reveal these four tips we need to abide by when reading the bible for us to understand the full story and message of Genesis, a common message passed down from generation to generation with each telling the story based on their life experiences, and faith in the coming and expected Messiah.
Because when we open our bibles to the first four chapters of Genesis, what we have on the pages are four things, a story concerning the divine who is God, history that points back to God, the physical word confirming the presence of God, and humanity, the story of man and how we came to be and are currently in this position today looking forward to the day of redemption…
Let us read the first four chapters of Genesis, and then we will break down the four things we need to consider when reading the bible for us to capture the full picture and story that will enhance our faith in the bible and the Son of God to come. Let us begin with the first four chapters of Genesis and as we read let us listen carefully to the story.
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. ¶ And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Genesis 3:1-5 ¶ Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:6-10 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. ¶ And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Genesis 3:11-19 ¶ And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. ¶ And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. ¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.